Cornell Community Members - Do You Know About "Get Your Green Back Tompkins"?

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Leah Balkin ‘19, Environmental Engineering Major, Campus Sustainability Office Student Sustainability Coordinator

Get Your Green Back Tompkins is an exciting initiative run out of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. This is community-initiated and community-supported campaign to help people and organizations take key steps in the areas of food, transportation, waste, and building energy that simultaneously reduce our community’s carbon emissions, save money, and create a socially just local economy.

Human Development office staff posing with their framed Green Office Certificate.
Human Development office staff posing with their framed Green Office Certificate.

Currently, this program is being integrated into the Green Lab Green Office Program at Cornell. GLGO is based on a self-assessment checklist which offices or labs use to assess their current practices and set goals to initiate new practices in Community Engagement, Energy, Green Events, Purchasing, Recycling, Transportation, and Waste. Specifically, Get Your Green Back would increase the responsibility that each office and lab has in the community.

The purpose of this integration is to showcase Cornell’s commitment to sustainability. In order for an office or lab to be truly sustainable, the practices carried out at work should be brought home.

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